CNN Health, Medical & Wellness Unit
Jen Christensen is a producer/editor with CNN's Health, Medical & Wellness Unit, a documentary & data producer, and a reporter with CNN.com
Jen Christensen is a producer/editor with CNN's Health, Medical and Wellness Unit. In addition, she produces multi-platform projects and documentaries, primarily for CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta. She also does data analysis and is a reporter for CNN.com.
She has earned the highest awards in broadcasting -- including the Peabody and the DuPont -- as a producer for CNN's chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour on the documentary God's (Jewish) Warriors.
She produced several other award-winning documentaries, including: Soledad O'Brien's Martin Luther King Jr: Words That Changed a Nation; Black in America: Eyewitness to Murder: The King Assassination; Suzanne Malveaux's Barack Obama Revealed; Drew Griffin's Sarah Palin Revealed; and Christiane Amanpour's Generation Islam.
Prior to CNN, she was an award-winning investigative producer with WSOC-TV in Charlotte, N.C. She launched and managed the award-winning investigative unit at WTVQ-TV, Lexington, K.Y., after working as a show and segment producer. She started her career managing WXIN-TV's weekend newsroom, where she also worked as an award-winning show and segment producer.
She has also worked as a freelance reporter and photographer for The Advocate, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Sirius OutQ Radio News and others.
Prior to journalism, Christensen worked on nuclear non-proliferation issues in London for NATO's Atlantic Council and worked at the Chicago Board of Elections. She is a co-author of chapters in two books: Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1925-1993 (Greenwood Press, 1993) and Women Confronting Retirement (Rutgers Press, 2003).
Since 2013, she has served as the national president of NLGJA, the Association of LGBTQ Journalists. Christensen holds a bachelor's degree in TV/Radio and politics from Butler University and also attended the London School of Economics, where she studied foreign policy and economics.